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Blackburn v. Arsenal: Teams

Blackburn

* 01 Robinson
* 04 Samba
* 05 Givet
* 06 Nelsen
* 21 Olsson
* 27 Salgado
* 08 Dunn
* 11 Grella
* 12 Pedersen
* 17 Andrews
* 09 Roberts

Substitutes

* 32 Brown,
* 02 Jacobsen,
* 28 Jones,
* 07 Emerton,
* 20 Basturk,
* 23 Hoilett,
* 26 Di Santo

Arsenal

* 21 Fabianski
* 03 Sagna
* 18 Silvestre
* 27 Eboue
* 30 Traore
* 31 Campbell
* 02 Diaby
* 08 Nasri
* 14 Walcott
* 11 Van Persie
* 12 Vela

Substitutes

* 24 Mannone,
* 20 Djourou,
* 28 Gibbs,
* 37 Eastmond,
* 23 Arshavin,
* 43 Henderson,
* 09 Eduardo




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The Journalist

Writer: Amos Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday May 3 2010

Time: 4:40PM

Your Comments

Chance for vela to prove his worth of staying on next season.
Dan_83
Wow quite a few surprises in Vela starting and Djourou and Gibbs on the bench!
GoonerLou
Eduardo on the bench :-(
Dberg
eduardo is finished at arsenal
Dan_83
01 Robinson :))
ajwb
I feel really bad in saying it, but I actually hope that's true Dan, both for his sakes and ours. To be honest, though, I think he'll stay for at least another season. Arsene will want him to get a full pre-season under his belt and give him a chance to start afresh, out of a sense of moral responsibility apart from anything else.
ArsenalRob
Eduardo broke his toe earlier and just came back. Maybe that's why he's on the bench.
GoonerLou
Oh how brilliant it is to have you back Robin!
ArsenalRob
Who else would it be?! Rvp
ajwb
RRRROOOOOBBBIIIIN!!!! Good corner too, who was that? Nasri?
GoonerLou
Yep, Sami to Sagna to Robin.
ArsenalRob
We aren't playing too well. We need to take better charge of this game.
Keplaz
How one dimensional are blackburn....long throws, long balls, long free kicks. A pain to watch.
Deltaforce
Hehe two of them have been Eboue'd!
GoonerLou
delta force, did you expect anything else? its a Sam Allerdyce team
Dan_83
How dirty are Blackburn? Filthy prats!
Keplaz
Blackburn's bogey man :)
Sajit
Keplaz, Dan's post for Deltaforce can be a reply to you too.
GoonerLou
10 goals in 9 against Blackburn for Robin...
TPowell
Argh. Standard goal for us to concede really.
ArsenalRob
Damn it.
Deltaforce
I just realised where's Bendtner?
Dberg
Lol, Lou. Seriously, though. They are bringing people down too much. Fabianski doing well, I was about to say. We need more urgency. Damn!
Keplaz
JOE ROYLE CAN ***** OFF
Dan_83
We have to win. I'm afraid the team has forgotten how to win.
Keplaz
Dberg, Bendtner didn't travel to Ewood Park today. Dont know if if its because he's rested or because of an injury.
Deltaforce
bentner, clichy and song are all injured
Dan_83
Ah, now I know what the boss was complaining about. A Blackburn player (couldn't see who) was blocking Fabi as the corner came in. But then again, as Dan's wise post said, it's a Sam Allardyce team after all. You know if it were Mad Jens, that Blackburn player would've been shoved away.
GoonerLou
I think Fabianski is doing really well to be honest.
Tom14
We are playing their game. We need to play ours.
Keplaz
What a god awful "manager" Fat Sam is. I was sat watching and after 19 minutes I realised that I didn't recall Blackburn making any passes that didn't involve Robinson lumping the ball upfield or someone flicking on a long throw so I decided to count. And for the next 15 minutes they completed a grand total of 3 passes. That is ******** disgraceful. If a manager is so incompetant that his sole tactic is trying to bully a goalkeeper then he should be kicked out of football. The Allardyce apologists will claim that we only moan because it's an effective tactic, but the long and short of it is that Blackburn have the 2nd cheapest season tickets out of the entire 92 teams in England, yet they still barely fill thier stadium .... and I'm not ******** suprised if this is the ***** they serve up every week.
Rocky7
Flappy was playing ok but yet again he makes a goal giving gaffe. Seems the rest of the players still havent worked out that with him in goal you dont take your foot off the pedal, it must take great mental strength to erase all memory of the Wigan debacle from their minds.
iceman10
I think Fat Sam sits high up in the stands because thats where you get the best view of the ball.
iceman10
I hate that Blackburn player with a Professor Snape hairstyle... Salgado is it?
GoonerLou
i ******** hate Joe Royle - what a *****er.. he knows nothing about nothing, boring and so anti arsenal!! ***** him!
Dan_83
I despise Pedersen, who deliberately stamped on Cesc 2 seasons ago, and who deliberately assaults our players regularly - then Grella goes out to deliberately injure RvP, and the ref does nothing. This is a fkg disgrace, a total piece of ****, a perfect encapsulation of the worst of English football.
jaelle
And I guess we have to wait until the utterly predictable 67th-70th minute for a fkg substitution.
jaelle
Salgado it is. A despicable player trained in the dark arts. Completely agree with Rocky's post about Fat Sam.
Deltaforce
Everything I hate about Sam Allardyce and Blackburn is showing up
Sajit
Vela - not good enough. I think that was his last chance
Dan_83
Yep indeed Jaelle. Just saw AA remove his jacket on 66th. Yeah now he's coming on for ineffective Vela.
GoonerLou
We badly need a second goal here..
Deltaforce
adios Carlos
ajwb
Depressing stuff....
GoonerLou
THIS IS A ******** EMBARRASMENT - ***** OFF WENGER
Dan_83
of course, why not, let's just give them a goal
jaelle
We really are in deep ***** now.
Deltaforce
I don't understand. If they blocked and confused Fabi in the box and the ref didn't think it's a foul on the first occasion, how did we not learn from that and push the morons away and protect Fabi better?!
GoonerLou
Not a foul? Wtf was Pederson doing then?
ajwb
Really shouldn't be watching this, even when we're playing well and winning, I hate these games at Ewood, I detest this club, this manager and these fans.
jaelle
Vela needs to be sold. Is not cut out for the P/L
True-Gooner-Blood
Comment from another blog (re Bburn's tactics in the box against us): "The tactic is put three players in front of the keeper so he can't move, one blackburn player then pushes the players into the keeper so he can't jump" -- exactly, and we don't seem to be learning from it, and the ref doesn't do a damned thing about it.
jaelle
Seriously, I can't find a single Blackburn player who I can say is likeable. What a bunch of ugly thugs.
GoonerLou
vela, silvestre, fabianski, diaby, all need to go - they arent good enough to play championship football let alone in the premiership wenger you've completely lost it.
Dan_83
Cmon Eduardo. All the best.
Deltaforce
We have no midfield to speak of in this game, it's shocking
jaelle
Now come on, gimme a break. These tactics have been used by Sam right from his Bolton days (crowding the gk) - dont tell me Arsene hasnt learnt from that. This is bull*****.
Sajit
Worried about Eduardo being throw into the deep end with these fouling pigs. This is exactly the sort of game we need Bendtner and Song for, just too bad they're out today. Now we need the likes of Diaby and Nasri to really step up, of which I haven't seen enough yet.
GoonerLou
lame, weak, feeble, heartless, gutless *****
Dan_83
How exactly did Song and Bendy get injured again???
jaelle
Dan_83, what club do you support?
elbondo
he supports Arsenal and he's telling it like it is
jaelle
With this line up of focused pros I didn't see this coming. (Sarcasm)
Professor Calculus
If you say so jaelle. Seems like a reactionary half-wit to me.
elbondo
We need the midfield to do something special to craft out a chance or two, then hopefully RvP or AA or Eduardo will take it. I don't know what the stats are, but I rarely see Diaby doing something creative with the ball.
GoonerLou
well what part of that isnt true??? not one of those players deserve to be wearing the shirt today. heartless and gutless
Dan_83
He supports Arsenal and surprise surprise he isn't happy at our limp display of passengers and our probable fourth consecutive defeat. What is he meant to do? Jump for joy?
Professor Calculus
Lou, after a couple good months, Diaby seems to be back to his one good game out of four.
elbondo
he's a whinger, elbondo, and I'm probably just extra-bitchy today but our form since Barca has been shocking. This is pathetic stuff. We're being beaten by absolute c-r-a-p. There are teams in Brazil's Serie C that play better than this. There's no excuse for this *****e.
jaelle
Now I literally want to punch Fat Sam in the face and make him swallow that eff-ing piece of chewing gum.
GoonerLou
I can see even the most optimistic gooners wanting to throw things at this pathetic bunch. Ridiculous
Sajit
Same her, Lou, same here. Not even Mourinho is as cynical as he is. He's a blight on the game.
jaelle
maybe we'd show a bit or heart and fight if we has allerdyce.
Dan_83
Well Elb, Dan's been negative (and we don't need the annoyin reminders), that's what he is. But what he said are valid pooints. Sol is still the most passionate guy out there, probably RvP. The other guys just don't have the urgency and/or intelligence and/or creativity required to beat a (rap team like Blackburn. We can moan about their tactics, about the ref's approach to the game, but we've also got to look at ourselves.
GoonerLou
haz allerdice? lululul
ajwb
******** bull*****. Even when the pressure is off we still cant win a ******** game.
True-Gooner-Blood
Well that's FT then. I'm confused about the standings now - Spurs can actually overtake us on 3rd place, can't they? Or not? We could actually finish 4th and have to deal with a CL qualifier right after a world cup.
jaelle
Men against boys...AGAIN. We have players with no gumption whatsoever. Not a single shot on goal in the second half???? Pathetic.
Wyn Mills
Sorry, but there's just not excuse for any of that, none. Not injuries, not Bburn's thuggery and cynicism, none. It's inexcusable ****.
jaelle
we need 1 point= should have been shown up long ago. wenger needs to take a long hard look - all season we;ve needed 3 players to win the league - its like he's ******** blind...
Dan_83
No, it's still in our own hands, if we win against Fulham we get third place.
Professor Calculus
Look at the bright side- surely Wenger will have noticed than Diably, Vela, Walcott, Fabianski aren't good enough. Had Arsenal won, he might have persisted with these woeful players next season.
elbondo
The thing is, I don't feel anything, I'm numb. Now the Spuddies will burst onto this page. No matter what we discuss, it WILL be reduced to a crapfest with their lecture on how to play the game. In a perverse way, I'm glad we've now got one more completely unacceptable performance and result to really force the boss's hands in either having a go at the team and selling some of the players who don't have the fight and even the brain to realise what it takes to wear the shirt.
GoonerLou
Actually I think I'm wrong about that, Spurs have two games left don't they.
Professor Calculus
we need 1 point.... thats it - but we'll lost to fulham and have to hope spurs slip up. makes it even more embarrassing
Dan_83
I agree Lou, there can be no doubt in anyone's mind anymore.
Professor Calculus
Dan, calm down. Count to 10 and dont be such a drama queen.
Deltaforce
Our lot didn't even have a tactic to defend our keeper during the corners...that's how clueless we were. Wenger may have done great things at our club but he really has no idea how to organise a good defensive unit. I'm just speechless with the ineptitude of it all. And he if doesn't bring in a decent goalkeeper then he's a arrogant clown.
Wyn Mills
I cant beleive we still havent secured third place. Is ******** pathetic. Dan is right, AW needs to wake up and smell the coffee. We aint gunna win ***** with clowns like Diaby, Silvestre and Fabianski playing for us. Rather than finishing as close as we can to Man Usa and the Chavs, we are now looking over our shoulder to make sure we dont get caught by the Lilywhite *****s. This should have been tied up a long time ago. Is ******** pathetic...
True-Gooner-Blood
Indeed Elb, you just beat me to that point. If this whole string of results and - more importantly - performances haven't forced Wenger into a major rethinking, just when the money's starting to become available to him, I don't know what would. Very interesting summer ahead and I look forward to it probably as much as to the World Cup. (I'm a hopeless optimist you see.)
GoonerLou
We need a draw against Fulham to guarantee 3rd place now. If Spurs win their next two games, they will be level on points but we will get 3rd on superior goal difference.
Deltaforce
Drama queen? i dont think im being anything other than realistic - end of season or not = that was gutless. Van Persie, Sagna and Eboue are the only players in that starting 11 that should be kept.
Dan_83
I don't think this will force Wengers hand, why would it? we are exactly as crap as we were last year, defensively we are worse and it didn't force his hand last year.
iceman10
Who can honestly see us beating Fulham with THAT team?
Wyn Mills
Cant believe we have gone from the Invincibles to this within 6 years. AW's project hasnt worked and its time he realised that and put an end to this...
True-Gooner-Blood
Luckily I think Fulham will put out a second team coz of the Europa final. If we dont win that at the Emirates then I will be fuming...
True-Gooner-Blood
Wyn, we need a draw (minimum) against Fulham not necessarily a win. In our current form no way we'll beat Fulham.
Deltaforce
I have more competitive spirit when I play weekend football . I promise. I hate losing. Cannot believe professional football players dont feel the same.
Sajit
Yeah with all the money they ******** get, you would expect them to care and take some pride in their work, no but not these lot. We hardly have any fighters in this team.
True-Gooner-Blood
Nasri was absolute rubbish today. Anyone who thinks he's the answer to Fabregas is sadly deluded. He has good ball retention but not the vision. But I'm especially fecked off with Diaby who really doesn't put enough into his game. He misses the obvious ball time and time again, and seems to have absolutely no radar whatsoever. Likes a scrap when someone pinches the ball from him but is too clumsy to do anything other than give away a foul.
Wyn Mills
come on Fulham....if we beat city all the pressure is on you guys on the final day
Yid_from_India
DF, with this team I have no confidence in our ability to even achieve a draw. We just don't have the defensive discipline, or the strength (physical or mental). I would play Song, even if he was only 90% fit, to protect our geriatric back line and hope for the best.
Wyn Mills
"We need a draw against Fulham to guarantee 3rd place now. If Spurs win their next two games, they will be level on points but we will get 3rd on superior goal difference." -- so delta, you see nothing to be dramatic about a club like ours having to say something so pathetic like that just to secure 3rd place in games against Wigan, Bburn and Fulham? dan is right to be dramatic, this is just unbelievable that we're in this position. We've won, what, 1 in 8 games? That's what we've been reduced to.
jaelle
I agree, the importance of Song to this team cant be overstated at present. With Fabregas out, Song is the only other midfield player with some cojones to force a result. Yid from India, lets see you beat Citeh first.
Deltaforce
jaelle, I understand the gravity of the situation which is why I'm calculating points now. But please dont ask me to be dramatic like dan, its not something I do very well.
Deltaforce
Deltaforce, it will be a tough ask but we've already beat them 3-0 earlier in the season and it is certianly doable. im not taking it for granted but if we where to beat city, you guys will have a very nervy final day
Yid_from_India
ok, ok, delta, fair enuf. I'm just a miserable bitch today, what with the weekend I've had, plus being so near to a damned terrorist plot (I was with family and friends in a hotel over the weekend right at Times Square), and then having to suffer thru a Blackburn game - which always make me miserable even when we win.
jaelle
Maybe we can get some advice on nerves then? Their still scraping your DNA and stench off the walls at Upton Park.
iceman10
We are a team of ******** who hardly deserve European football. Players who act like superstars who have achieved nothing and who believe all the hype about 'playing the beautiful game' without the rough stuff. Barcelona should have shown Wenger the error of his ways, but he still seems to think he can take a team of talented but mentally weak kids up north and triumph.
Wyn Mills
Oh, you were near Times square? Must have been a very nerve racking experience jaelle. Luckily a street vendor tipped off the police early about the suspicious car. I understand your feelings..the fight has gone out of our team and its sad to see. Cant believe some of our players were getting late goals earlier this season. That time seems long behind us now.
Deltaforce
DF, where has the fight gone? Why can't Wenger and Rice motivate their troops to put their bodies on the line? Blackburn have feck all to play for but chased like their lives depended on the result. We have an automatic european place up for grabs and half the team look as if they couldn't give a two hoots.
Wyn Mills
Have no answers to that WM. We had much more than Blackburn had at stake today and yet it seemed like we had come wearing ballet shoes to a rugby match.
Deltaforce
I am gutted, thought we could get a draw today and not have to worry bout spurs getting 3rd, but now ? could it be the one saving grace that fulham have to play a final in europe that they won't be going all out for a win and protecting their players ? god i really can't take the spuds coming here and gloating ! wenger must know he needs a big pot of cash for the summer
MonsieurWenger
Speaking of DNA Vanilla Ice, on the evidence of what i've seen, its a wonder some of the soppy shower that play for you managed to survive the fight to exist in the gene pool.Like the iceman himself they've got a nasty habit of melting. My god, you'd better pray we don't find our shooting boots in the last two games. Look who's filling their undies now eh?
Tony Rocky Horror
"Van Persie, Sagna and Eboue are the only players in that starting 11 that should be kept". Dan, excuse me if I'm wrong, but weren't you a firm Eboue opponent not too long ago. I'm not happy with the team either. They just haven't looked like caring recently, and need a severe talking to by Arsene, but as Eboue's demonstrated it's not so simple as sell one and buy a better one. If you look at the side, we should have everything we need to win the league, bar one more CB and a GK. The likes of Nasri, Diaby and Vela have shown enough glimpses to indicate that they could do well with a kick up the backside. I personally think Vela should be loaned somewhere where he has to fight for his place and appreciate what he's getting at Arsenal, perhaps follow Wilshere to Bolton. He won't enjoy playing with those thugs very much, but he doesn't need much technical improvement, he just needs to know how to get himself involved. Arsene could also do with using a young player such as Lansbury/Barazite/Wilshere next season, just to put him in the side ahead of Diaby/Nasri a few times to make them fight for their place. Some players will find developing passion for the club difficult, that's normal, but if that's the case we have to make sure they've got as much of an alternative incentive to work as possible.
ArsenalRob
MW, now that the end of the season has been so bad, all eyes will be on AW in the summer. There will be a ton of criticism in the press and tons of suggestions about a wholesale clearout of players. While some of the calls are likely to be way over the top, this is definitely going to be a busy summer in my opinion - alteast with regard to the number of players who may leave!

Gallas, Silvestre, Traore, Merida and Eduardo seem to have come to the end of the road at the club with question marks on Rosicky, Vela and Arshavin as well. The squad will have to be trimmed, that is certain. Its how many players that will be brought in that is the mystery.
Deltaforce
Remember how we had a very awful first half at Anfield, then Wenger yelled at them in the dressing room in half time and we came out and beat the scousers? I wonder if the team needs more of that hair-drying stuff. But I wouldn't put it down to the manager entirely. Seriously, players like Nasri and Diaby are supposedly playing to get onto the plane to South Africa, and Theo just admitted as much at the weekend. The likes of Vela and Traore are supposedly fighting for their places in the team. If promoting young kids isn't the way to motivate the rest of the team. Maybe we should really sign someone established to create the level of competition required. Someone like Sol also adds the fire. Too many nice guys in general, too many players with indifferent attitude of late.
GoonerLou
As for our recent form, I know it looks aweful, but in a perverse way, it could be a bad thing for good reasons. We really looked like a side full of fight until Messi came along, and we didn't recover from that in time for sp*rs. After that defeat, we were never going to win the league, and our players stopped caring. I'm not saying it's good that they did, but considering how crap we are now and comparing it with how good we were pre-Barca (I know Brum wasn't a good result, but the performance was probably better than our title rivals' at St Andrews) it shows that they really were up for winning trophies. I just think they've become too wrapped up in their own misery to play football. Don't get me wrong, I realise that's still a weakness, but just the photo negative of a strength. I just hope that this season - being so close but so far - doesn't convince them that they lack the ability to win.
ArsenalRob
Thats the problem with this team. They let big defeats affect them too much psychologically and they just capitulate.
True-Gooner-Blood
AW used this match to test Nasri/Diaby Midfield acumen and it has failed.I would personally not blame anyone for the loss. Punk Sam has always tried to impede our GKs even with Lehman in goal. I am surprised Fanbianski was not informed of this tactics. It was kevin Nolan's job in the past to impede and Davies will score, now it was Dunn to impede and push the GK towards goal to after his jump. This was just a forgetable game.
Arseniger
Wow that's a fresh angle Rob. But then hasn't the ability (especially technical one) always been there? I'm also glad that we seemed to have added the mental toughness to the toolbox pre-Barca. We were scoring all those late goals and turning games around. I guess we've seen that's the true colours of the likes of Song, Bendtner, Vermaelen and Sol. Cesc as we've always known is a fighter. Now we've got a much matured RvP. Clichy almost got back to his best. Sagna's better than earlier, with Eboue providing the competition/option required. We just need the likes of Diaby, Nasri, AA and Theo to show more urgency and less Mr-Nice-Guy-ness.
GoonerLou
Yes the ability has always been there. To be honest, Nasri and Arsh don't really show the 'Mr-Nice-Guy-Ness' that a lot of fans associate with our players on a bad day. They are both supremely talented players who seem to expect their side to be on top of a game. When that isn't the case, which bound to be often in the EPL, they spend much of their time waiting for the tide to turn and produce their infamously sparce 'moments of magic'. It's always nice knowing that they've got that in reserve, but I'm sure their team-mates would be happy for them to put the groundwork in first. Arsh does this in patches through games, and Nasri did so in the first half of both of the seasons he's been with us, but for some reason not so much in the second. In fact, his dogedness off the ball and stamina were two of the qualities I liked most about him when he first arrived. They just really need more of Arsene's Anfield-style rants or, even better, a senior member of the coaching staff who would be willing and commanding enough, to let them know when they're not up to scratch. It's important that the players respect Arsene for his respect towards them - that's his way - it's not better or worse than the 'hairdryer' method, it just involves a two-way input, and sometimes a bit of support.
ArsenalRob
We're just a bit more defensive organisation and goalkeeping away from winning the title, I truly believe it. In the past couple of months, I've been thinking back to the contribution that Martin Keown made to our defensive performances during the great run to the CL final in 2006. And Lee Dixon said that none of the famous back four got invited to coach our team on defensive work. I rate Dixon as a pundit since his TV work and his BBC column on tactics show that he knows what he's talking about. Keown and Winterburn (though we see him a bit less these days) also talk sense especially when it comes to the defensive side of things. Maybe there's a great reservoir of expertise and experience untapped? Or maybe as you say we need a 'bad cop' in the coaching staff?
GoonerLou
"its a wonder some of the soppy shower that play for you managed to survive the fight to exist in the gene pool" Im suprised you survived the cardiac arrest after your episode on Vital Man city last week TRH, I mean all this because they signed Martin Fulop? WE DESTROYED PORTSMOUTH AND WE'LL DESTROY YOU. YOUR ARAB BLOOD FOR MONEY DONERS WILL LOSE INTEREST IN YOU WHEN WE BEAT YOU AT THE COUNCIL HOUSE. YOUR MERCENRY PLAYERS WILL LEAVE AND YOU WILL RETURN TO THE CRUSHING OBSCURITY OF THE CHAMPIONSHIP IN 12 MONTHS' TIME.COYS!!!!! Tony Rocky Horror
iceman10
Yeah I've also thought we'd do well to re-employ Keown, Dixon, Winterburn. Keown would be my preffered choice. He could do both of the rules that you allude to. I don't particularly wan't a 'bad cop', just a prominent member of the coaching staff who commands respect and will tell it how it is. He doesn't need to get angry, but it would be good for a coach to take a personal interest in a handful of players' performances and really take it upon himself to motivate them. Arsene's got too much on his plate to do that to every individual that needs it in our squad. I feel he needs an assistant man-manager. This way players such as Arsh and Samir can remain highly focussed on keeping their good form, whilst maintaining positive relations with Arsene, and would also help them to appreciate the faith he shows in them.
ArsenalRob
Look guys don't panic. ...... I've made you a luvly lasagne for the eve of your final game against Fulham, it'll be a walk in the park ....... Honestly !!
YidEdy
Thanks Edy, but I think big-boned Tommy Huddlestone's already taken it. I hope it was just fish you put in that, because Sp*rs aren't used to end-of-season cock-ups.
ArsenalRob
Good to see you had such a strong finish to the season too actually, eerh 1 win in 8 I believe .... bit Messi don't you think.
YidEdy
Sam Allardyce admitted he was delighted to come out on top in the battle of wits against Wenger. "I'm not overly concerned about what Arsene says - he's said it before about my tactics. "But we know these tactics work against Arsenal and they've worked again today." "We play the game as managers, we look at each other and you see if you can find any weaknesses in the opposition manager as well as the team." Someone needs point out to Wenger that Allardyce is not only making his team look weak, he's also making our manager look like a right tool as well.
Wyn Mills
Well when we beat Allardyce 6-2 earlier than this year only one manager was made to look a fool.
TPowell
*earlier this year*
TPowell
great result lads ;)
RagingSpur
we will give you jenas for eduardo deal?
RagingSpur
We have to set the goal crystal clear. Not contented with a regular members of so called "BIG 4" and got eliminated some point in the CL. We play to win BPL and CL and we work hard thru out the year to create a gap with the rest of the BPL teams including MU and CHE. I am sick and tired with AW saying "Don't discount our achievement, we had been very close for so many years..." Close is not good enough, even second place is not good enough. We need to WIN the damn thing!
dyiu2000
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Uskok
Are Arsenal fans the biggest pack of whingers or what? Look lads ye're not as good as ye think ye are... I think Barcelona proved that already this season when they played ye off the pitch for 180 minutes. You cant just go to places like Ewood Park and expect a win... you have to earn it.
spinaker
I know what you mean spinaker, i keep hearing all this stuff about how they've got an amazingly talented team etc. But you look at them and apart from Cesc and RVP who are world class, the rest are the dopeist shower of *****e you've ever seen in your life!!! According to ArsenalRob they need 'motivating'. WTF!!!!
Tony Rocky Horror
Well, I guess the arsenal fans had better hope that City beat Spurs on Wednesday night, as that would rrule out the chances of the gooners finishing 4th and having to qualify for the CL group stages. Unless you'd all rather have the Spurs laughing at you? (Well, more than they do at the moment, if that's possible).
fifthcolumnblue
The dopiest shower of *****e you have ever seen in your life and yet they are still above you in the table with the 2 world class players missing for large parts of the season (RVP 6 months, Cesc 3 months) and walloped you 3-0 during the season......you couldn't make it up.
iceman10
"Well when we beat Allardyce 6-2 earlier than this year only one manager was made to look a fool." True, now its Wenger turn to look like a complete spoilt brat.
Mikey Delap
From Invincible to dry- wrincible in five short years. In Wenger we trust? OH, SO DO WE!!!! Bye.
Tony Rocky Horror
hahahahaaha is what i would love to say however i understand the anger on here totally these teams that just kick and bully more talented teams off the park are part of the reason our national team and our league is not as good technically as the rest of europe we have to accomodate our squads and tactics in the league to allow for this from the anti footballing sides and it needs sorting. it seems that we are just moaning when we loose to teams like this which is why i am posting on your site because i dont care if you loose but i do care that negative bully boy tactics affect us as a league and again on a national level it also affects the game as a spectacle, why would bburn fans and stoke fans pay to watch such drivel is beyond me. rant over ?????????
jljyid
Honestly Tony toy must have better things to do. Gallas & Vermalen are both world class, both are missing too. Arshavin is world class but has been injured for the last 4 months
paul_ownz
If Arshavin was injured what was he doing on the bench? And if he was fit enough to play why didn't he start? Not as if he had to save himself for the World Cup, like many of our other overpaid and overhyped prima donnas. One suspects Wenger again got the hump with Arshy's media comments and decided to teach the little russian midget a lesson, forgetting that in doing so he effectively half crocked his team's attacking threat. The man is so arrogantly stubborn at times it takes your breath away.
Wyn Mills
The more I look at that second Blackburn goal the more ridiculous it looks. Flaphandski is unceremoniously bundled into his own net like a 5 year old. Campbell almost follows him meekly...arm raised in surrender. Half the Arsenal defence are standing around like limp flags. Meanwhile Dunn and Samba are rugby mauling their way into the goal. What an absolute shambles of a game.
Wyn Mills
Arshavin has played through injury since about January. He has not been kicking balls during training due to an injured foot. He then has been out for the last few weeks. We have a team full of crocks and i hope whoever we bring in has a history of being fit for large periods of times as too many players cant be relied on to stay injury free. Walcott, Diaby, Van Persie, Rossicky to name a few of the frequent physio room campers
paul_ownz
It was a shamble of a game. But if you looked at the team that started Only Sagna, Van Persie & Nasri are probably from our best 11. Not looking for excuses but a back 5 including Fabiclownski, Traore and a CB duo with the combined age of 70(almost) together with season long losers such as Walcott, Vela & Eduardo was never going to be pretty.
paul_ownz
I would free up some space in the Physio Room and happily let Walcott, Rosicky, Diaby, Djourou and Sivestre hobble out of the club. I would then save further heartache, not to mention considerable salaries, and execute Almunia and Fabianski. Harsh I know, but necessary.
Cockney Rich
What a joy to read the change in tone as you realise that Sam has done you again. You just don't get it do you? Are you thick or what? This is why you'll never win anything.
adlington2
You also realise that it is the first time Sam has beaten us in about 10 attempts. We had won the last 5 against Blackburn when he was in charge, didnt lose against him while he was at Newcastle and had not lost the last 3 games he was in charge of Bolton. But you obviously know what your talking about. Tool.
paul_ownz
And while we are at it, you lankashire inbreads in Bolton have lost the last 8 to us. We get you, very well infact. I hope in Horwich you can still remember you 1958 FA cup, the clubs best ever achievment
paul_ownz
We have more chance winning something than you knuckle shuffling neanderthals. Haven't you got a giro to pick up or a hub cab to polish? Just keep Jack happy until we're ready for him.
Wyn Mills
Hahaha wenger! What a tool!
IanWrightsUglyWife
Come on you rovers! We beat you fair and square - and you know it. Stop moaning about our style of play - in the second half you lot were toothless. We could have given up at 0-1 with little to play for, but we didn't - we went on, fought and came back. I used to be a big admirer of Wenger and Arsenal, but he's just making you lot look like mugs. And think on this - we've taken more points from the top four teams this season than you guys.
FreidelNo.1
P.S - I think you need to buy a new keep - or two!
FreidelNo.1
getting rid of wenger is not the answer. u guys are doing fine u just took ur foot off the pedal after the loss to us spurs. no one else could get as much out of them players as he does. i think ur 40m/4players and a few less injuries from winning the league. i think u should go in for joe hart - joe cole on a free - chamakh - samba
black-messi
FriedelNo1, what a pity that you chose your username based on a player you couldn't keep. Friedel was quality and a bit too good for your club. Mid table mediocrity is what you aspire to, so I guess you must be happy with your season.
Deltaforce
Very happy thank you! We know we're a small team and do not demand success come what may. Friedel was a great servant to our small town club and continues to receive our respect. On most of these vital sites, you get good banter with other football fans. Yes we can disagree, but just levelling abuse at players and managers of teams who beat you fair and square is a bit harsh...
Uncle Jack's Nephew
UJN, my reply was directed to Fno1. Respect begets respect and all that. Some of Blackburn's tactics like manhandling the opposition keeper on set pieces is despicable much like your manager but this is the EPL - this stuff is allowed. Dont grudge your win, you deserved it more than we did. Some of your fellow fans seem to have lost the plot in all the hysteria of the rare win though.
Deltaforce
delta - we had 8 years of Friedel you utter moron. His best years infact and had him till he was 38!!! And for once, just once... lose with a bit of dignity!!! And out tactics are not good for us apparently but are fine for both you and Inter to use against Barca?!
Mikey Delap
Dont remember putting 2 or 3 players on the keeper and punting up the field, but im sure you know better. I have nothing against your tactics, but dont talk shi*t
paul_ownz
Delap, point is you cant hold on to any quality player, you tool. Besides, anyone with Allardyce as their manager cant talk about dignity! So Mikey get on your Bikey.
Deltaforce
Deltaforce - I chose my name because Brad was my favourite player and best goal keeper in the Premier league - he left, but that doesn't mean I should change my name - (why did you pick yours? Is it because you like Chuck Norris?) And yes, compared to last season we have had a good season, we weren't in a relegation battle and we have got stronger and stronger towards the end of the season. Rovers have never aspired to mid-table mediocrity - but we have gone through a transistion period. Next season we will aspire to finish in the top ten and push for the cups. The question you really need to ask yourself is 'have Arsenal had a good season?' You have only taken 3 points off the top four, you may yet finish 4th and be below Spurs, you lost to Spurs, this is another season without an silver, - so really do you aspire to just qualifying in the champions league, play 50 odd games a season, and win nothing? FINALLY, Brad was an excellent keeper for us, he was probably our best and most consistent player when he was with us - and he's also better than any keeper you've got! And our current goal keeper is better than yours too!
FreidelNo.1
Oh dear guys, you have a dodgy keeper so we atrgeted him, you may not like it but it worked!!! If we tried to play like you then we would have got whopped, shall we do that instead? And can't hold on to any quality player?! Tugay... until he retired aged 38?! Ring a bell? Chris Samba still plays for us and I would put him in top 10 centre backs in the league, David Dunn is still here and he ran the show on Monday... I am not sure I am the one you should be calling a tool!!! Your complete ignorance is astounding!
Mikey Delap
FriedelNo1, we lost 2-1 to spurs at WHL. You have conveniently forgotten the 3-0 beating we gave them at home. Nobody on this board has claimed that Arsenal have had a successful season. By our standard we have not. By Rovers standard we would have. Its all relative. Mikey ignorance is a relative term and compared to most people in the country, you are ignorant. You are ignorant of your manager's despicable tactics, your desire for living on the very edge of the rules governing the game and general disregard of football as a beautiful sport. Nobody is demanding that you play beautiful football - because you cant. Anyway, all said and done you won the last game - to winners go the spoils so brag away. I for one cant wait for Allardyce to be sacked from your club - he pulls the entire image of your club down to his low level.
Deltaforce
Again, how am I ignorant? I realise we dont play an attractive brand of football, we play on the edges of the rules but then so does every player that takes a dive - including the Arsenal players! How is that any better than roughing up other players? Its about the same in my book. Your comments are ALL relative and the fact you totally skipped the "holding on to decent players comment" shows that you realise you are wrong. I am not an ignorant person... if anything Rovers fans are considered some of the most down to earth there are. Sadly the same cant be said of the Arsenal bunch (well some of you anyway, a lot of you I find pretty decent).
Mikey Delap
Well Deltaforce - starring Chuck Norris - you make some strange points: 1)you can't wait to see Big Fat Sam sacked as he's pulling the image of the club down - I think Wenger is more likely to leave his club first, he is stubborn in the fact that he fails to recognise that Arsenal need a much better keeper, and instead deflects this issue by blaming us! 2) Despicable tactics - come on matey (and by the way Mikey got it spot on) Arsenal players cheat by diving to try and win - yet rather than punishing them (as Sam did with our lad Olssen, Wenger appealed to get Eduardo off with his Celtic case! 3) I brought up the Spurs result, because you hadn't lost to them in ages, but now they are catching you up - you must be worried? 4) 'Ignorance is a relative term and compared to most people in the country, you are ignorant...' WTF do you realise how ironic and yes, ignorant that statement is?! Anyway Chuck, enjoy your last game of the season, and I hope you aren't too scared to look over your shoulder...
FreidelNo.1
 

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